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Chairs of Distinction

MedMag Fall 10-Chairs of DistinctionThe UCLA/Orthopaedic Hospital Center for Cerebral Palsy (CCP) received $200,000 from the Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation toward the Peter William Shapiro Chair for the Center for Cerebral Palsy, held by Eileen Fowler, Ph.D., CCP’s director of research and education. She continues to pursue the understanding of the causes of movement disorders, as well as to assess the effectiveness of treatment. With four major cerebral palsy research projects underway, Dr. Fowler is publishing her findings on the use of a 3-D motion-analysis system, an electromyography- data-collection system and a metabolic-oxygen-collection cart. She and her CCP colleagues also use the Lokomat® walking system to allow patients and research subjects to confidently use and strengthen muscles they control, while offering robotic assistance to the movement areas they need to develop. At the CCP, the goal is to reduce pain and effort and to improve coordination in movement.

Dr. Paul Ichiro Terasaki, a UCLA alumnus and organ-transplant pioneer, has made a major gift to the university. The primary funding has named the new Life Sciences Building (UCLA College of Letters and Science) in his honor, and $2 million will endow the Paul I. Terasaki Chair in Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Professor emeritus of surgery, Dr. Terasaki developed in 1964 the test that became the international standard method for tissue typing, a procedure that assesses the compatibility of organ donors and recipients. In addition, Dr. Terasaki developed the cross-match test that is still used today for all kidney-transplant patients and select candidates for heart, lung, pancreas, bowel and sometimes liver transplants to avoid catastrophic rejections. The UCLA Kidney Transplant Registry, which Dr. Terasaki established in the 1970s, was the first and largest in the world until the establishment of federal registries. The endowment will further basic-science research in liver and intestinal transplantation, mainly through the support of a postdoctoral fellowship in each area.

The Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA has received a $9.2-million bequest from the Estate of Senta Weil. This visionary gift, made in memory of her son, will be used to establish the David Weil Chair in Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences with $2 million and the David Weil Fund, an endowment of $7.2 million, both in support of research to prevent, cure and/or ameliorate the effects of mental illness.


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